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A Circuit of Whiteside, Hopegill Head & Grisedale Pike 

  Length – 7.5 miles / 12.2 km  Ascent – 2510 feet / 761 metres  Start – OS grid reference NY158207  Lat 54.574476 // Long -3.304036  As the road from Cockermouth and Lorton approaches Crummock Water there is a car park with a telephone box at Lanthwaite Green. From the car park you can see the exit of Gasgale Gill between the […]

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SOS – Save Our Squirrels

Steve Tyson, Peter Armstrong and the volunteers at West Lakes Squirrel Initiative are the unsung heroes of our woodlands. For five years, the initiative has headed up the battle against invading Grey Squirrels.  The introduced species have decimated the native Red Squirrel numbers since their introduction to the UK. Cumbria has long been known as […]

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Cumbrian business wins national film commission on farming

Cumbrian business, Land & Sky Media, have won a national commission to make film about the challenges of farming. There is great news for Kendal based business run by partners Dom Bush and Helen Lawrie who been commissioned to make a documentary for the Guardian and Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The film titled ‘Nowt but a […]

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Western Walks – Catbells and Derwentwater Lakeshore

Distance – Approx 3.5 miles/5.7 kms Time – 3 hours approx plus stops Difficulty – Moderate Starting point – Hawes End Landing Stage Ascent – 1,500 feet, 457 metres. Catbells may be much maligned by the seasoned walker who prefers fell tops without the crowds but that is no reason to dismiss it as a […]

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The Fox that helps the Ospreys

Nathan Fox, from Bransty in Whitehaven, is protecting the future of Cumbria’s wildlife. Nathan is a Ranger for the Forestry Commission and for twenty years his work has kept him busy looking after our woodlands. Nathan’s beat covers 26 different forests scattered between the Eden Valley and Gosforth. It’s a huge area but well managed […]

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Oak Tree Animals’ Charity helps over 1700 local animals in 2018

Thanks to the support of the local community, Oak Tree Animals’ Charity was able to help over 1,700 local animals in 2018 – more than double the amount cared for the previous year. Oak Tree, based in Wetheral Shields near Carlisle, finds unwanted animals loving forever homes and works proactively in the community to try […]

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Bee Event Creates A Buzz Around Egremont

Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s first ‘Get Cumbria Buzzing’ event in West Cumbria is a great success.  Over 200 people created a real buzz at the Florence Arts Centre in Egremont recently, at an event which celebrated bees and also helped to preserve an important piece of the town’s industrial heritage.  People of all ages were drawn to […]

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Restoring Hardknott Forest

Wild About Cumbria: Hardknott Forest Regeneration

A new project is recruiting volunteers to help restore Hardknott Forest. Project Officer John Hodgson explains how you can get involved. The Duddon Valley is one of the more secluded of the Lake District’s valleys. It is also one of the most wooded; with it’s series of ancient oak woodlands which snake down the valley […]

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Cumbria Tackle

Tightlines with Cumbria Tackle

Photo: Cumbria Tackle – Chris Parry catches a smooth hound off the Whitehaven coast From coast to coarse, Paul Armstrong from Cumbria Tackle shares his fishing tips for the summer. West Cumbria has an incredibly diverse coast line that lends itself to some amazing fishing opportunities for either the novice or seasoned angler. Recently our […]

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Oak Tree Animals’ Charity: A Friend to Animals For Over 100 Years

For over 100 years, Oak Tree Animals’ Charity has been at the forefront of animal welfare and this fascinating history could soon go on display at their Wetheral site. On 9 June 1909 draughtsman and passionate animal welfare pioneer, Francis Cox, launched The National Equine Defence League. The aim was to improve the plight of […]

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